Heathrow Airport pub charging an insane £ 8.30 for a pint of beer as drink prices in London spiral out of control

A pub in Heathrow Airport is charging a whopping £ 8.30 for just one pint of beer as prices for this classic drink shoot up in London. Big Smoke Taphouse and Kitchen was selling Medicine Man IPA for the equivalent of £ 8.30 a pint on Saturday (April 16). Meanwhile, pub pint prices are rocketing by up to 50p in the past month alone, with potentially even worse prices to come.

This is the largest rise in five years and bosses blame it on a 30-year inflation high, soaring energy and transport cost and higher wages, reports the Mirror . Some fear it will be another nail in the coffin for Britain’s pubs, which were ailing even before the lockdown.

Beyond the extortionate Heathrow prices, a pint of Neck Oil IPA at Borough Market’s Bunch of Grapes pub in south London cost £ 6.65 on Saturday, while the Dion Bar, near St Paul’s Cathedral, charged £ 6.50 for a pint of Gamma Ray. And it’s not just London that is getting hit by these soaring prices, with Amstel lager at Manchester airport costing £ 7 on Saturday.

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No one ever thought London pints were cheap, but prices continue to creep upward

However, the average pint price in the capital is still far greater than in the rest of the UK, standing at £ 4.07 compared to £ 4.84. And London’s Time Out listing magazine has warned that the “seven-pounder is starting to pop up.”

Campaign for Pubs pressure group boss Greg Mulholland told the Mirror that the “extraordinary” prices could put off beer fans from going to the pub. He said publicans will not be making any money because “the energy bills for pubs, for which there is no support and no restriction, are terrifying. Large pub companies have put their own prices up for tenants. I have seen cases of 30p, 40p or 50p more for a pint. ”

Drink bosses say returning VAT to pre pandemic levels of 20% may be fatal for many businesses. Emma McClarkin, of the British Beer and Pub Association, said: “Pubs are having to find ways to ensure their viability and keep their doors open, because the cost of doing business in 2022 is fundamentally different to 2019.”

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